Nicki Chapman and James Wong report on highlights from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show and meet some of the eclectic people and plants that make the world-famous show what it is.
They are joined by Carol Klein, Danny Clarke and Rachel de Thame who share their gardening expertise and offer practical advice, and singer-songwriter Will Young shares his love of all things Chelsea.
Chelsea Flower Show episode 4 2016
The world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions and leads the way in innovative garden design.
The Chelsea Flower Show receives a lot of publicity. It is attended by 157,000 visitors each year (a number limited by the capacity of the 11-acre (45,000 m2) ground), and all tickets must be purchased in advance. From 2005 the show was increased from four days to five, with the first two days only open to RHS members.
Several members of the British Royal Family attend a preview of the show, as part of the royal patronage of the RHS. The area of land devoted to show gardens increased steadily between 1970 and 2000 and the show has become an important venue for watching trends. New plants are often launched at the show and the popularity of older varieties revived under the focus of the horticultural world. It is the garden design equivalent of a catwalk at a fashion show.